Hopes that MORE hostages could be released as Israel-Hamas truce is extended by two days, Qatar says

Hopes that MORE hostages could be released as Israel-Hamas truce is extended by two days, Qatar says

THE truce between Israel and Hamas has been extended by two days, Qatar and Hamas have announced.

Israel has not made a statement yet but the news could raise hopes of more hostages getting released in the coming days.

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AFPHostages released by Hamas stand in a bus transporting them to an army base in Ofakim in southern Israel[/caption]

AFPA crowd surrounds a Red Cross bus carrying Palestinian prisoners released from Israeli jails in exchange for hostages released by Hamas from the Gaza Strip[/caption]

Qatar, along with Egypt, has been the key mediator in the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas.

“The State of Qatar announces, as part of the ongoing mediation, an agreement has been reached to extend the humanitarian truce for an additional two days in the Gaza Strip,” Dr Majed al Ansari said. 

A Hamas statement read: “The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas announces that it has been agreed with the brothers in Qatar and Egypt to extend the temporary humanitarian truce for an additional two days under the same conditions as the previous truce.”

The announcement comes on the final day of a four-day truce between the warring sides, as they were preparing for a fourth exchange of militant-held hostages for Palestinians imprisoned by Israel.

On Sunday, Hamas freed 17 more hostages 14 Israelis and three Thais in a third exchange under the four-day truce.

In turn, Israel released 39 Palestinian prisoners.

Of the roughly 240 hostages captured by Hamas in its October 7 massacre in southern Israel that ignited the war, 62 have been released, one was freed by Israeli forces and two were found dead inside Gaza.

Israel has said it would extend the cease-fire by one day for every 10 additional hostages released.

Hamas has also said it hopes to extend the truce.

It comes after the terror group claimed it does not know where dozens of child hostages are being held in Gaza.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani who is leading talks told the Financial Times: “If they [Hamas] get additional women and children, there will be an extension.

“We don’t yet have any clear information how many they can find because … one of the purposes [of the pause in fighting] is they [Hamas] will have time to search for the rest of the missing people.”

The claim was eyed with suspicion amid fears Hamas chiefs will use the ceasefire to regroup for more bloodshed.

The terror group also claimed again it did not kidnap any civilians – even though its members filmed themselves snatching defenceless hostages and dragging them back to Gaza during the massacre.

About 240 hostages, including Israeli soldiers and sick and elderly civilians, are understood to have taken hostage by the terror group and held in underground tunnels.

Last week Qatar brokered a deal to free 50 Israeli women and children in exchange for 150 Palestinians in Israeli prisons over the course of the four-day ceasefire.

Meanwhile, a four-year-old American hostage was reunited with her family seven weeks after her parents were killed during the Hamas attacks on Israel on October 7.

The emotional reunion showed the moment Abigail Edan was embraced by her aunt and grandmother at the Hatzerim Air Force Base in Israel after two months in captivity by Hamas.

Pictures show little Abigail hoisted in her aunt Liorn’s arms as her emotional grandmother, Shlomit, stands beside them.

Abigail, a dual Israeli-American citizen, celebrated her 4th birthday in captivity on Friday.

“We are blessed to give her lots of love and care and to help her build her life again,” her aunt Tal Idan told The New York Times in a text message.

“Feels like a miracle that came true.”

Emily Hand was also finally reunited with her big sister and two dogs in a heartwarming moment after she was held hostage for 50 days.

The Irish-Israeli, who was snatched from bed by Hamas on a sleepover on October 7, and was seen embraced by half-sister Natali and surrounded by her pups who couldn’t contain their excitement.

On Saturday, the young girl joined 20 other hostages who were set free by Hamas during a four-day truce in the war with Israel.

Her release came after a tense delay of several hours when Hamas accused Israel of failing to meet the terms of the agreement.

Emily was reunited with her dad in an Israeli hospital on Saturday following her release.

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AFPPalestinians evacuated from the Gaza Strip board a plane at Egypt’s El-Arish International Airport bound for Abu Dhabi early on November 27[/caption]

GettyIDF members of the Israeli Defense Forces stand with a dog as they work at a staging area near the border of Gaza[/caption]

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